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Lakefront Hammond data center lands major client

Lakefront Hammond data center lands first major client

The Digital Crossroad data center in Hammond is shown.

Digital Crossroad, the new lakefront data center in Hammond, has landed a major new client.

The wholesale data storage provider at the former State Line Generating Plant on Lake Michigan along the border of Chicago and Northwest Indiana isn't identifying the company to preserve confidentiality, but identifies it as a "publicly traded firm with a global presence" and a "top 10 content delivery network client."

Content delivery networks such as Cloudflare, Amazon CloudFront and Alibaba Cloud CDN support internet content through proxy servers at geographically scattered data centers, making it faster for internet users to download software, social media pages, e-commerce sites, streaming entertainment and other online content, and also sometimes provide security.

"We're thrilled to welcome this premier CDN to Digital Crossroad and Northwest Indiana. We have the people, technology, and strong public-private relationships to support their growth and success," said Thomas Dakich, managing partner with DX.

See a westbound cruise on the new Cline Avenue Bridge from East Chicago's harbor section to Hammond's Robertsdale neighborhood. Video by Kale Wilk.

Digital Crossroad is a 105,000 square foot, 20-Megawatt facility on a 77-acre site that aims to "transform Northwest Indiana into a beacon of 21st century digital industry."

It offers prospective clients designated Opportunity Zone tax benefits, such as 0% sales and use taxes for up to 50 years on electricity, rent and IT equipment. Cooled with air and water from Lake Michigan, it boasts dark fiber access with sub-4 millisecond round-trip latency.

Digital Crossroad said the manor new client found it met all its requirements for "security, network connectivity, scale, flexibility and reliability." 

"This is a great win,” said John Greenwood, the chief strategy officer of Digital Crossroad. “Having a marquee edge computing firm place their trust and mission-critical IT infrastructure in our data center validates the hard work our team put in to making this site the go-to data center destination in the Chicagoland market."

The data center plans to serve a variety of local, national and international companies, including large enterprise and hyperscale operators.

For more information, visit digitalcrossroad.com.

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The new Digital Crossroads data center is now open for business at the border of Hammond and Chicago on Lake Michigan. Construction was completed on the $40 million 105,000-square-foot building where national companies will store their data. Indianapolis attorney Tom Dakich and developer Peter Feldman built out the first phase of what could grow into a $200 million project.

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